Former Senator Labels Handling of War Immoral

April 23, 2006 - Posted at 12:13 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Former U-S Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia says

the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq is immoral.

Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm in the Vietnam War, appeared

yesterday with retired General Wesley Clark at the Arkansas Vietnam

Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the state Capitol.

Their appearance was part of a tribute during the Arkansas Young

Democrats state convention to residents of the state who served in

the military.

Cleland recited a brief poem he said had been written by a

veteran of the Duke of Wellington's army after the victory over

Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. The poem lamented that, while both

God and soldiers are revered during wartime, both are soon

forgotten and slighted once peace is attained. Cleland told the

crowd of about 60 people that he was glad to be in a state where

that was not the case.

He noted a major difference between the soldiers who served with

him in Vietnam and those serving in Iraq -- those in Vietnam were

mostly drafted, while the soldiers in Iraq have volunteered to wear

a uniform. He said it is immoral to abuse the good nature of our

young people, and send them back and back and back into combat with

no strategy to win, and no strategy to end the war.

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